What type of fertilizer for a honeysuckle. Most sites say balanced. 10-10-10. But I am having trouble finding that. Would 20-20-20 damage the new plant!
Thank you for your question regarding honeysuckle fertilizing.
If planted in organically rich and well-drained soil, honeysuckle will not need much fertilizing as it will grow quite vigorously on its own. The soil should have an acid to moderately alkaline soil with a pH of 5.5 to 8.0. A spring application of low-nitrogen fertilizer, such as 2-10-10, 0-10-10 or 15-25-10 can be added to encourage blooming. Fertilizers that have a higher or equal first number, such as 20-10-10 or 10-10-10 (or 20-20-20), will have too much nitrogen and encourage flushes of foliage growth that will only make the plant more susceptible to pest infestations. With new plants, it is often recommended to give the plant time to settle before fertilizing and pushing it to grow. If you wish to fertilize, the best time would be spring with a 5-10-10 organic fertilizer. When choosing a fertilizer, if possible, make sure that the first number is lower than the second number to encourage blooming. Please see below for a link to a site with information on fertilizing honeysuckle.